Six Phoenix Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-League Honors
By: Ryan Hartwig (@GBHartwig)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – After posting standout seasons both in competition and in the classroom, a total of six UW-Green Bay student-athletes were recognized this week as members of the Horizon League’s Academic All-League Teams for the Fall 2013 semester.
A total of 53 student-athletes from all five fall sports were honored in balloting by the league’s faculty athletics representatives and athletics communications directors. Green Bay’s six selections were the fourth-most among league schools. Milwaukee led all schools with 10 selections.
Earning Academic All-League honors for the Phoenix were men’s soccer senior Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.), women’s soccer junior Katy Pilarzyk (Madison, Wis.), women’s cross country sophomore Sarah Mauel (Green Bay, Wis.) and volleyball seniors Monica Anderson (Cottage Grove, Wis.), Katie Mroczenski (New Berlin, Wis.) and Leah Van Zeeland (Kaukauna, Wis.).
Krenzien, who holds a 3.54 grade-point average as a business administration major, started all 17 matches for the Phoenix in 2013, scoring a team-best 11 goals and 26 points. The senior forward took home Second Team NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region honors, as well as Second Team All-Horizon League accolades. Krenzien was also an NSCAA Second Team Academic All-American – the only player in the Horizon League to earn the honor.
Pilarzyk, a junior goalkeeper, owns an impressive 3.84 GPA while double majoring in psychology and French. She shared time in the net for the Phoenix in 2013, appearing in eight games while posting a 2-2-2 record. She finished the year with a 1.05 goals against average and one shutout, and made a season-high six saves in a 1-1 draw at Drake.
Mauel, who has a 3.7 GPA, was Green Bay’s top runner in all seven races in 2013. She earned Second Team All-League honors with an 11th-place finish at the 2013 Horizon League Championships (19:04). Another highlight of Mauel’s sophomore campaign was her runner-up finish at the Concordia Falcon Invite.
Anderson boasts an astounding 3.917 GPA while majoring in democracy and justice studies. The senior outside hitter finished third on the Phoenix with 2.70 kills per set in 2013, and reached double-figures in kills nine times. Anderson was named Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Month in September for her strong play on the court and success in the classroom.
Mroczenski, a human biology major with a 3.778 GPA, posted 96 blocks (0.86 per set) and 79 kills in her senior campaign. She finished her career with 233 total blocks, good for 13th in school history. She was tabbed as the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 3 after posting a school-record 18 blocks against No. 23 Ohio State.
Van Zeeland, who owns a 3.819 GPA as an education major, was named to the 14-member All-Horizon League Team in 2013, and was also selected as team MVP. She took home Offensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 9 after leading the Phoenix to the Auburn Active Ankle Challenge title with an MVP performance. The senior right side finished third in the league in kills per set (3.08) in 2013 and posted double-digit kill totals in 18 matches, including four with at least 20 kills.
The Horizon League recognizes student-athletes with seasonal Academic All-League Teams in each of its 19 championship sports. To be eligible for Academic All-Horizon League consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher and have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits.
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